Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) Head of Investigations Unit, Goodson Nguni has blamed former President Robert Mugabe’s administration for playing politics by constantly interfering in their work which he said stalled progress.
Nguni blamed the old dispensation for not supporting the commission while showering praises on President Emmerson Mnangagwa for buying cars for the commission.
Without mentioning names, Nguni said political interference crippled his commission as “some people within the levers of power” called shots from outside
“The way we are being supported now is different from what was happening in the old era. Those that were in power before barred us from arresting or investigating some people who were deemed powerful. We were victimised and everyone could see that we were being victimised.
“However, that has changed now as this new dispensation has been supporting us. They have bought us computers, cars and they have provided a couple of millions of dollars for us to do our investigations and we have hired qualified auditors,” said Nguni.
Sometime in 2017, former first lady, Grace Mugabe, publicly declared that former Cabinet Minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo was innocent and should not be investigated for alleged misappropriation of funds.
This is despite the fact that ZACC had already started investigations into the matter.
In another case, former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko stormed into a police cell and demanding the release of ‘his boys’ who had been taken for questioning at Avondale police station.
Nguni said such incidences rendered his commission useless as it was left without any authority to investigate.
However, Nguni hailed the political will from Mnangagwa and his government to arrest and prosecute corrupt individuals.
Goodson NguniGrace MugabeProfessor Jonathan MoyoVice President Phelekezela MphokoZimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC)